After Video Shows Hunter Repeatedly Shooting Curious Young Elephant, Airline Pledges to Stop Shipping Body Parts
For Immediate Release:
8 September 2020
Jerusalem – Following PETA US’ release of video footage of a trophy hunter gunning down a young elephant, El Al Israel Airlines has confirmed to PETA US that it has banned shipping hunting trophies.
The video shows the elephant peacefully wandering out of the bush and trophy hunter Aaron Raby shooting him in the head. The elephant falls to his knees and continues to suffer as Raby – who paid ILS₪102,000 to murder him – gets multiple instructions from his guides on aiming better and then, without any sense of urgency, shoots four more times, causing the young animal to rumble in distress. It’s not known how many more shots, if any, were taken or how long it took for the elephant to die. Raby later paid nearly ILS₪70,000 to have the elephant’s body parts preserved for shipment to the US – and he reportedly indicated that he might ship the body parts via El Al.
“Bloodthirsty hunters will keep chasing the twisted thrill of gunning down majestic wild animals as long as they can ship their heads, tails, and skins back home,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “By putting body parts on the no-fly list, El Al is helping PETA end this gruesome industry.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. PETA US is calling on UPS to join El Al and more than 40 other airlines that have banned shipping hunting trophies.